What is PowerMinder

In partnership with VirtualPeaker, the PowerMinder program offers you the peace of mind that your home water heater uses energy when it's best for you without giving up comfort.

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What it means for you

Did you know that the average residential customer in California spends 25% of their monthly electricity bill to power their hot water heater? With SMUD's  PowerMinder pilot program, customers can now save up to $100 per year.

Want to know more?

Read FAQs

Ready to start saving?

Follow the steps below to get started

Number 1

Step 1

Check to see if you qualify

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Step 2

Accept the terms and conditions of participation

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Step 3

Enroll your heat pump water heater

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Step 4

Maintain your internet connection


Once you've enrolled, you'll receive a one-time incentive of $150. We'll also credit your bill $2 each month for the duration of the pilot.

Do you qualify?

You may be eligible to enroll in PowerMinder if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are a SMUD customer.
  2. You have or will purchase an internet-connected heat-pump water heater.
  3. You have a thermostatic mixing valve installed on your water heater.

Note: Water heaters with a recirculation pump are not a good fit for this pilot.

Steps to enroll

  1. Connect your heat pump water heater to Wi-Fi using the touchscreen on the device.
  2. Download the EcoNet app and connect your heat pump water heater to the app.
  3. Before enrolling, please verify you can access your water heater home screen in the EcoNet app.
  • If you can control your water heater with the EcoNet app, continue with enrollment and have your EcoNet login username and password ready.
  • If you can’t see or control your water heater and you need help connecting your water heater using the EcoNet app, contact Rheem EcoNet support at (800) 255-2388 and tell them you're participating in SMUD’s PowerMinder program.



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